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Church Bulletin: May 3, 2015

posted May 4, 2015, 9:49 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
May 3, 2015- Sunday of the Paralytic

Christ is Risen!  Kristus het opgestaan! Tha Crìosd air èiridh! 
This Week's Services and Events

May 5, Tuesday
        + Free Lunch Program Volunteering, 11:30AM-1:30PM

May 6, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7:00PM at St. Raphael and Vespers in Kalona

May 7, Thursday
        + OCF Dinner, 6:30PM at Branch-Peterson's

May 8, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM

May 9, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

May 10, Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM, followed by Sunday School and Fellowship Hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements

Thank You-
       Thank you to everyone who worked hard to plan, advertise, set up, staff, clean-up after, make food, provide wine, host singers and do everything else to make our Lyra concert a success.  We had over 115 people present.  It was a very good night. $2296 was given to the church as free will offerings for the evening.  

Thank You (Again)-
       Thank you to Tyler, Hannah and Lizzy for cleaning up our section of I-80 in Coralville on Saturday.

St. John the Baptist Annual Spring Grecian Dinner-
        St. John the Baptist Church (Cedar Rapids) is hosting their annual Spring Grecian Dinner, today, from 11am-7pm at the Scottish Rite Temple (616 A Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids). For $12, you will get Greek Oregano Baked Chicken, Spanikopita, Rice Pilaf, Grecian Beans, Greek Salad and a Drink. You can even add 2 gyro strips for $1 more!! They will also be selling their delicious pastries.
Free Lunch Program Volunteering-
       We will help serve a meal this Tuesday, May 5, at the Free Lunch Program (1105 Gilbert Ct., Iowa City) from 11:30AM-1:30PM.  Please let Fr. Ignatius know if you can help out this month.

Orthodox Christian Fellowship-
       Our OCF college group will meet for dinner at 6:30PM on May 7 at the Branch-Peterson home.  They will conclude the semester with compline at 7:00PM on May 14, and take the summer off.
Food for All-
       Though St. Maria's Bread House has been dissolved as an organization, the ministry of providing food and a taste of Orthodoxy to Kalona continues under the name "Food for All." Please come to Vespers on first and third Wednesdays! Also, planning for Kalona Summer Lunch is well underway, with hopes of attracting more families and individuals who don't consider themselves "poor enough" for a community lunch but would benefit from getting out of the house (or off the streets) and enjoying food with others. We'll be having activities at the lunch this year too. If you'd like to know more or to volunteer, talk to Bill or Amy Spencer and visit the Food for All website: foodforallkalona.weebly.com. Please be praying too, that God would be glorified through our efforts. 

Disaster Relief Response to Earthquake in Nepal-
       The International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is one of many good relief organizations working to help people in desperate need after last week's devastating earthquake in Nepal.  To read more about the situation and IOCC's efforts, and how you can help, go to: http://www.iocc.org/news/4-27-15-nepal-earthquake.aspx

Marriage and Religious Freedom-
       While the U. S. Supreme Court was hearing oral arguments last week, that could result in a very substantial decision regarding the legal acceptance of same-sex marriage in America, religious leaders from Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant and Muslim backgrounds released a statement titled "The Defense of Marriage and the Right of Religious Freedom".  The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese has released a helpful FAQ addressing this document and the issues it raises.  To read this, and for a link to the actual document, go to: http://www.goarch.org/archdiocese/departments/ecumenical/marriage-and-religious-freedom

Teen SOYO-
       Our teens will meet for dinner and a movie at 6:30PM on May 11.  On May 16, they will be serving brunch at the Ronald McDonald House.  Check with Hannah Valentine if you want more information.

Parish Council meeting-
       The Parish Council will hold its monthly meeting on May 12 at 7:00PM.

Bible Study, Partakers of the Divine Nature-
       Following Akathist (7:00PM) on Wednesdays, Fr. Ignatius will lead a brief, three week Bible Study on St. Peter's 2nd Epistle.  The dates will be May 13, 20, 27.  Bring your Bibles!  We will finish by 9:00PM at the latest.

Ascension Liturgy-
       The 40 day Paschal season comes to an end with the Feast of the Lord's Ascension on May 21.  We will celebrate liturgy for this feast at 6:00PM on May 20.  Weekly Wednesday and Friday fasting resumes on Friday, May 22.

Keep Praying for Kidnapped Orthodox Bishops in Syria-
       Since April 22, 2013, the Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo, Metropolitan Paul, and the Syriac Metropolitan of Aleppo, Youhanna, have been in captivity and have not heard from.  Please pray for their well being and release and also pray for their captors as well.  

Pascha Season Fasting/Feasting-
       According to Antiochian custom, there is no fasting during the entire forty day Paschal season, including on Wednesdays and Fridays.  Celebrate the Lord's Resurrection and enjoy good food!

Annual Camping Weekend, Save the Dates!-
       We will gather at F. W. Kent Park on Highway 6 between Tiffin and Oxford on Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21 for a weekend of camping, fellowship and divine services.  Vespers will be in the park at 7:00PM on Saturday, and matins and Liturgy, also in the park at 8:30AM and 9:30AM.  More information about registration and precise schedule will follow soon.

May is Georgian Outreach and Appreciation Month-
       The Outreach and Evangelism Working Group is declaring April to be Georgian Outreach and Appreciation Month at our church.  We hope to have the epistle reading to be read in Georgian (following the reading in English) each Sunday, and the month culminates with the feast of Pentecost on May 31, at which we hope to incorporate some uniquely Georgian ways of celebrating the feast.  If you know of anybody with a Georgian background who isn't yet familiar with our church, invite them to join us during this month.

Parish Electronic Directory-
       To foster greater awareness of each other and to strengthen our connections, we are starting a voluntary parish directory on Google Docs.  Use this link to log in, add whatever contact information you want to share, including birth dates and occupation or any skill or service that you might be able to share with other members from the parish.  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PHVXe1GGgaeoO5GNrIWhur2YkAQb0zGSoElGQFnIPF0/edit?usp=sharing 

Walk for Life to Support Informed Choices Medical Clinic-
       On May 16 in Kent Park outside of Tiffin, Informed Choices Medical Clinic will be hosting a fundraiser Walk for Life.  Registration begins at 8:30AM and the walk starts at 9:00AM.  For more information, go to: https://secure.ministrysync.com/ministrysync/event/website/home/?e=6978
Remember Your Departed Loved Ones With Flowers-
        Would you like to memorialize your departed loved ones with a bouquet of flowers to be placed in the church on the weekend of your choice?  Look for the new Memorial sign-up sheet.  Decide what weekend you would like your loved one(s) remembered, give $25 to the church, clearly marking it for "Memorial Flowers" and your loved one(s) will be mentioned during the Great Entrance prayers and in the weekly bulletin.  If your departed loved ones are Orthodox, and you would like Trisagion Prayers for the Departed to be offered at the end of Liturgy, you can indicate that on the sign-up sheet as well.

Midwest Parish Life Conference-
       The annual Midwest Diocese Parish Life Conference will be held in Grand Rapids, MI on June 24-28.  To learn more, go to: www.midwestplc2015.com.

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
          At that time, Jesus came to a city of Samaria, called Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and so Jesus, wearied as He was with his journey, sat down beside the well. It was about the sixth hour. There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His Disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. The Samaritan woman said to Him, “How is it that Thou, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and Who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, Thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep; where do you get that living water? Art Thou greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, and his sons, and his cattle?” Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst forever; the water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.” Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” The woman answered Him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands, and he whom you now have is not your husband; this you said truly.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that Thou art a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain; and Thou sayest that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for such the Father seeks to worship Him. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming [He Who is called Christ]; when He comes, He will tell us all things.” Jesus said to her, “I Who speak to you am He.” Just then His Disciples came. They marveled that He was talking with a woman, but none said, “What dost Thou wish?” or, “Why art Thou talking with her?” So the woman left her water jar, and went away into the city, and said to the people, “Come, see a man Who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” They went out of the city and were coming to Him. Meanwhile the Disciples besought Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” But He said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” So the Disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought Him food?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him Who sent Me, and to accomplish His work. Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see how the fields are already white for harvest. He who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor; others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.” Many Samaritans from that city believed in Him because of the woman’s testimony, “He said to me all that I ever did.” So when the Samaritans came to Him, they asked Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days. And many more believed because of His words. They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of your words that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.”  (John 4:5-42)              

Pray for our Catechumen-
       Please keep our catechumen Ilya Buchkin in your prayers as he prepare to be sacramentally joined to the Orthodox Church. 

Do You Have a Prayer Request?
        Please give it to Fr. Ignatius and he will distribute it by email to all those on the Prayer Chain. If you wish to join the Prayer Chain, please let Fr. Ignatius know. 

Coffee Hour-
       The St.Raphael team will bring food and do cleaning on Sunday, May 10.  

Choir Leadership-
       Lori will lead the choir during the weekend of May 9-10.

Holy Bread-
       The Peterson/Branch family will provide holy bread for liturgy on May 10.

Food for Thought-

My dear friends, I think the mystery of life is joy.  And I never tire of telling everyone to be joyful.  Why should we be sad when we belong to the Lord and He loves us so much that He cannot take His eyes off us as a mother cannot take her eyes off her baby?

Archimandrite Roman Braga, 1923-2015